Probe under way after inmate event questioned

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An investigation is under way after five Wisconsin correctional officers took inmates from a boot camp for alcoholics and drug addicts to an event where alcohol was served.

The probe began after a drug treatment counselor complained that allowing the inmates to get near alcohol was a setback to their treatment. Counselor Mark Nelson of Prairie Farm alleges he was pushed out of his job after he filed his complaint, though a Department of Corrections spokesman denies any retaliation.

The inmates were taken to hear a motivational speaker June 17th.

Officials at the St. Croix Correctional Center approved the jaunt for the inmates, saying they were closely supervised and couldn’t get alcohol.


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